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Assam to get its first transgender judge tomorrow

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

Assam's first will begin work at the here from tomorrow making the north eastern state the third one in the country, after and to have one such.

said today that she will begin her stint in court number 25 in the district and sessions court on after being appointed to the post by the Kamrup(metro)

"My appointment as a in the is a very positive message for the society and will help create awareness on discrimination against transgenders," she told reporters here.

"The capacity and capability of transgenders must be recognised and they must be provided with ample oppourtunities to ensure that they can lead a dignified life. I hope that I am able to maintain the principle of natural justice as a as lok adalats deal with settlement outside the court through arbitration, conciliation and mediation," she added.

Speaking on the problems faced by transgenders in Assam, she said their current one is getting their names registered in the National Register of Citizens(NRC) as most of them are disowned by their families during their childhood and do not possess any document to prove their citizenship.

"We have documented the list of transgenders in the state and will soon appeal to the to ensure that they are included in the NRC and not labelled as foreigners", she said.

There are also several unresolved cases against transgenders in the courts which she hoped will be resolved soon.

Roy said she has plans to initiate mass sensitisation to end discrimination against transgenders and ensure that they get proper oppurtunities to lead a life of dignity.

of North Dinajpur in is the country's first judge and Vidya Kamble from in the second. Mondal assumed office in July last year and Kamble in February this year.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 19:50 IST